Health Care Utilization

Children & Adolescents Neoplasms

Lead Author(s): 

Scott B. Rosenfeld, MD

Supporting Author(s): 

Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD

Neoplasms, including both benign and malignant, were diagnosed in 140,700 children and adolescent health care visits in 2012, of which 84,500 had a primary diagnosis of a neoplasm. About one in five (18%) of children and adolescents with any neoplasm diagnoses were hospitalized (25,600), but fewer than 5% (4,000) with a primary diagnosis of a neoplasm had a hospital discharge. (Reference Table 7.1.1 PDF CSV and Table 7.1.2 PDF CSV)

Slightly more males than females had a hospital discharge with any or a primary neoplasm diagnosis. As children age, there is a higher incidence of neoplasm prevalence resulting in hospitalization.

Any diagnoses of neoplasm accounted for 5% of hospitalizations for any musculoskeletal condition diagnosis, and 0.4% of all hospitalizations for any health care condition. Hospitalizations with a primary diagnosis of neoplasm were 0.8% of all musculoskeletal diagnoses and 0.1% of hospitalizations for any health condition diagnosis. (Reference Table 7.8 PDF CSV)

Hospital Discharges for Children and Adolescents Age 20 and Under with Musculoskeletal (MSK) Neoplasm Diagnosis, by Sex and Age, United States 2012

Neoplasm diagnoses are divided equally between benign and malignant neoplasm for any diagnoses and all sources, but 86% of hospitalized diagnoses are malignant.

Health Care Visits for Children and Adolescents Age 20 and Under with Neoplasm Diagnosis, by Type, United States 2012


  • 2014

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